Me and my girlfriend recently spent two weeks at Palatia Village in Hersonissos, for the price we paid it was safe to say we did not have the highest expectations of the hotel. Oh how wrong we were! We arrived late at night and where met by a welcoming George (the owner) with a very welcome complimentary drink. The studio apartment was very clean and minimal, which is exactly what we wanted. I only have one slight gripe about the room itself. The shower was not of the highest standard and the floor often flooded, although with the scorching heat beaming through the window, it cleared up in no time.
The swimming pool is one of the most clean and picturesque pools I have seen, including stays in 5* hotels. The sunbed, bar and pool area were absolutely spotless and I can not praise the staff highly enough. Yes there are a few wild cats that wander around the hotel, but they stay out of your way and most are even friendly (or brave) enough to come and let you stroke or feed them.
Food in the hotel is priced reasonably although we chose to venture out and try the local bars and restaurants which themselves are very reasonably priced.
The location is fantastic also. A 5 minute walk down the hill and you are in the main street of Hersonissos, just 10 minute walk from the sea. The town is thriving with shops and restaurants and all have very competitive prices. The strip is friendly and not seedy as some I have previously been to have been.
A quick trip in the opposite direction up the hill leads you to the 'Old Town' which is a must see. a very traditional and beautiful spot high in the mountain. the tavernas are traditional to the point that you may be excused for thinking you had been transported back in time. The food is also more authentic and similarly priced.
The Cretan people also could not be friendly. Always smiling and not creepy or pressurizing.
All in all it is hard to fault the quality, cleanliness, location, and visual beauty of Palatia Village, and I dare say that my girlfriend and I will be returning next year hopefully for a similarly fantastic experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Palatia Village Hotel Chersonisos
- Palatia Village Crete, Greece